Looking ahead to the Cheltenham Festival

We love to share news about the top equestrian events around Ireland such as Tatts 2016, but sometimes it’s fun to look a little further afield to see how the horse racing scene is progressing in the UK.

Seeing as the Cheltenham Festival is just around the corner and so many Irish punters make the annual pilgrimage to this legendary track, it seems like a good time to preview all of its free bets, racing news and all of the other attractions that help make this one of Britain’s top racing events.

The Cheltenham Festival is a four-day racing spectacular that takes places in the quaint town of Cheltenham in the west of the UK. This year the festival runs from 15 to 18 March, and each day hosts a massive range of great races for the ardent racing enthusiast.

The biggest race is obviously the Gold Cup which takes place on the final day, but there are plenty of other prestigious racing events occurring including the celebrated JLT Novices’ Chase that unfortunately won’t be featuring Killultagh Vic who had been performing so well in the past few months.

Despite this, there’s expected to be no stoppage in the racing excitement, especially as the Coral website features all the latest Cheltenham free bets on the key races at the Cheltenham Festival to ensure that the thousands of attendees continue to maintain the party atmosphere over the course of the four days.

And partying is a massive feature of the Cheltenham Festival for the Irish attendees as the festival routinely falls on St Patrick’s Day. This year it will be 17 March that will see the racecourse transformed into a celebration of green and white as the St Patrick’s Thursday racing events features the iconic Ryanair Chase race that gave AP McCoy such a bittersweet victory last year.

British racing events are often notable fixtures in the fashion calendar too. The extravagant displays of racing couture on Ladies Day always manage to nearly eclipse the events on the track, and there’s usually a healthy smattering of celebs and aristocracy to strengthen the links between UK racing and their royal family.

However, when the Cheltenham Festival comes around, it will definitely be the horse racing that takes centre stage. Already top Irish horses such as Shantou Flyer are preparing to compete in the event that routinely features the very best in Irish and British thoroughbreds.

And with a constantly changing range of free bets on this acclaimed sporting event, it’s easy to see why the Cheltenham Festival is such a pivotal moment in the UK racing calendar.

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